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Qapla'! Hospital seeks Klingon speaker - May. 10, 2003

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  • Stolzi@aol.com
    CNN.com - Qapla ! Hospital seeks Klingon speaker - May. 10, 2003
    Message 1 of 2 , May 11, 2003
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      <A HREF="http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/05/10/offbeat.klingon.interpreter/index.html"> CNN.com - Qapla'! Hospital seeks Klingon speaker - May. 10, 2003</A>

      "There are some cases where we've had mental health patients where this was
      all they would speak," said the county's purchasing administrator, Franna
      Hathaway.






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    • David S. Bratman
      Here s a fuller article on the Klingon language interpreter call: http://www.oregonlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/105256813916000.xml?or egonian?lcg The
      Message 2 of 2 , May 12, 2003
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        Here's a fuller article on the Klingon language interpreter call:

        http://www.oregonlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/105256813916000.xml?or
        egonian?lcg

        The call is real, but the need is only provisional:

        "The county would pay a Klingon interpreter only in the unlikely case he or
        she was actually called into service. 'We said, what the heck, let's throw
        it in,' [the procurement specialist] says. 'It doesn't cost us any money.'"

        The purchasing administrator says, "'There are some cases where we've had
        mental health patients where this was all they would speak,'" but the
        procurement specialist "says that in reality, no patient has yet tried to
        communicate in Klingon. But the possibility that a patient could believe
        himself or herself to be a Klingon doesn't seem so far-fetched."

        Most encouraging (I guess) is this last comment from the procurement
        specialist: "Next up: another mythical language popularized by The 'Lord of
        the Rings' films. 'The kids," Jelusich says, 'are learning to speak Elvish.'"

        - David Bratman
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